To keep your dog safely contained, SpotOn uses GPS data from four satellite systems to establish your dog’s fences and pinpoint your dog’s location. GPS is available anywhere in the world with a view of the sky and it’s free. Unlike your phone, the SpotOn Fence does not need a cellular connection to access GPS.
This means you can contain your dog without a cellular subscription or a Bluetooth connection.
The SpotOn app uses your phone’s Bluetooth to connect to the collar for creating fences, adjusting collar settings and training your dog. Similar to other Bluetooth devices like speakers, Bluetooth has a range of about 50 feet. Once connected, if the collar is more than 50 feet away from the phone, then Bluetooth will disconnect.
The optional cellular subscription enables your SpotOn collar to communicate with your smartphone over long distances. This unlocks features such as seeing your dog’s location at any time on the SpotOn App, receiving escape notifications, and tracking your dog to their location should they escape. For this to work, both the SpotOn collar and your phone have to have cellular service. SpotOn’s cellular plans start at $5.95 per month. Learn more here.